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[resolved] [Plugin: WordPress SEO] Why the sitemap function ? (10 posts)

  1. Beee
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Nice there is a XML option, but what benefits does this XML population have over a plugin like http://www.arnebrachhold.de/redir/sitemap-home/ ?

    Isn't that a more extended one than WordPress SEO has ?
    Not dissing, just trying to find out which is better.

  2. jp2112
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    From http://yoast.com/wordpress/seo/#xml-sitemap:

    XML Sitemaps are an essential part current day SEO, and can thus not be excluded from a complete WordPress SEO plugin. While there are other WordPress XML Sitemap Generators out there, they don't talk to your SEO plugin. Meaning that if you noindex a page, preventing it from showing up in Google, it might still be in your sitemap. They also don't allow you to keep certain taxonomies out of your sitemap. This plugin does. And, to boot, it makes your XML Sitemaps look good by using an XSLT stylesheet on them, so humans can read them too.

  3. Joost de Valk
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Agree with jp2112 :)

  4. Beee
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    ok :) that's a good explanantion.... will give it a go....

  5. Paul de Wouters
    Human Made
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Joost,

    where is the sitemap generated?
    I want to link it in my Webmaster tools

    thanks
    Paul

  6. Joost de Valk
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Paul,

    You should just use yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml as a URL in Webmaster Tools.

    Cheers
    Joost

  7. thebonereader
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have the following option checked in Yoast WordPress SEO: "Check this box to enable XML sitemap functionality."

    However, I cannot locate any file named sitemap.xml anywhere on my hosted server. Where does this file actually exist? Now that I'm linked with Google Webmaster Tools, anything more I need do to actually create/link it properly?

  8. Joost de Valk
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    @thebonereader: did you check if when you open yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml whether it exists?

  9. jani-u
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    It's great that XML sitemap is included but it's missing some important features like the possibility to include pages outside of wordpress: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-wordpress-seo-by-yoast-how-to-add-non-wordpress-pages-to-sitemap

    Also it would be useful to be able to set the priorities for each page type. If my site uses mainly pages instead of posts, I want pages to have high priority instead of low that they are now given automatically.

  10. Joost de Valk
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    It's great that XML sitemap is included but it's missing some important features like the possibility to include pages outside of wordpress

    As explained in that thread too, it's not an important feature. You can actually add multiple sitemaps in Google Webmaster Tools and other search engine's webmaster tools, and you should.

    The other feedback is somewhat more relevant, although you can change priority on a per post / page basis and in all my testing I've never seen Google do anything with it.

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